Published: Sept. 10, 2019

2:30 – 4:00 PM
North Classroom, Room 1207

The Department of Health & Behavioral Sciences Colloquia Series presents Fernando Riosmena. Heightened enforcement, galvanizing views on immigration, a more toxic political discourse around the issues of mental health, and continued and more restricted access to social services and health care for unauthorized and other immigrants will have likely challenged the modes of incorporation of Mexicans in the United States. This talk will examine the evolution of measures associated with depression in Mexican immigrants. Using data from the 2002-2017 U.S. National Health Interview Surveys, Riosmena assesses changes in depressive symptoms among Mexican-born individuals relative to those experienced by other groups and finds a (slightly) more rapid deterioration among Mexican migrants relative to other U.S.-based populations, resulting in a virtual elimination of the prior Mexican immigrant “advantage” in depressive symptoms observed (at least during part of) the early 21st Century. To complete this picture, Riosmena uses data from comparable nationally-representative longitudinal studies of aging in both the United States and Mexico to further assess the possible “impacts” of migration on wellbeing while also considering the role of health-related selection. Consistent with prior findings, results also suggest likely-unauthorized immigrants exhibit (slightly) worse outcomes than likely-legal residents net of health-related selection. Yet, despite this overall deterioration, Riosmena’s results also suggest that the immigration experience is still associated with more favorable outcomes for immigrants relative to non-migrant counterparts in Mexico.